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Perspective in Landscape Drawing taught by Patrick Connors

Master linear perspective and learn to draw landscapes accurately using simple tools and classic techniques.

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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Tried with pencil and charcoal

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Hi: This is great. Like the combination of grays and your pencil marks. The way you did the sky makes the background recede more. Nice.

01/03/2014 Flag

Well said lmfr.

01/04/2014 Flag

Hello TonyD, This is an official welcome to Perspective in Landscape Drawing, since you have participated in comments but not posted a project until now. Congratulations on posting these two drawings. It cannot be encouraged enough to draw the same view several times and with each redrawing investigate the many possibilities of depiction. These are two very good efforts full of space. If possible can you tell us a bit more: The type and dimensions of paper, what hardnesses of graphite, and, if possible, a reference image. Was this done from nature or another reference? What was your inspiration? Your tonal structure functions well leading the viewer to the distance and then back to the foreground. The placement of the eye-level line gives the impression that we are on a hill or higher ground overlooking a large expanse of land. Well done. I look forward to seeing the posting of your next assignment.

01/04/2014 Flag

Thank you for your comments. They were encouraging and very helpful. Here's a bit more detail about the drawings. I drew from a reference photograph that I will include. The first (darker toned) one is done in charcoal using 12x16 charcoal paper. The second, lighter drawing is done in with an HB pencil on toned paper in a 9x11 sketchbook. I played around with different compositions. I think that I prefer the charcoal drawing's composition. A couple of problems that I seemed to not be able to solve are a) making the trail on the right look like it was receding, yet sloping up and b) using tone contrast to emphasize a focal point.

01/09/2014 Flag

Thank you for the material and reference image information. As regards your problems: The trail recession in the second drawing and tonal structure there are fairly simple solutions. Vary the line quality on either side of the trail as it ascends to the distance. At the top of the trail the line gets darker and it should be lighter. If you are working from reference images that are in color reformat them so they are black & white. This will help with the tonal analysis. I look forward to the posting of your next drawing.

01/10/2014 Flag

The reference image is a beautiful photograph by Harold Stiver (copyrighted Harold Stiver). Here is more of his work. http://www.ontfin.com/Word/

01/09/2014 Flag

Thank you for this website link.

01/10/2014 Flag

Thank you Patrick for your suggestions. I will give that a try. Your contribution to this forum is invaluable.

01/11/2014 Flag

The tonal qualities in your drawing are well done, it gives me a feeling of depth and dimension.

02/05/2014 Flag